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International Energy Markets

Energy is the backbone of industrial economies. However, energy production and consumption has extensive social costs associated with it, from the emission of carbon dioxide and other airborne pollutants to national security implications due to the uneven distribution of fossil fuel resources around the globe. Balancing the benefits and costs of energy use today over a long time horizon is one of most important challenges facing the world today. This course is designed to give you an understanding of how primary energy and electricity markets operate.

Climate and Global Change

The goal of this course is to provide a solid introduction to the concept of sustainable growth and development. Sustainability is a broad and somehow necessarily vague concept that can be interpreted in many different ways. Unfortunately, sustainability risks to become one of the many buzzwords. The goal of this class is to provide tools to professionally navigate the current debate on sustainability.

Introduction to Environmental Science

Understanding our planet’s environment requires understanding how the whole Earth functions as an interconnected system. This course investigates the four components of the Earth system in detail: the atmosphere, the oceans, the solid Earth, and the biosphere to understand how these processes interact, and then how we, as humans, impact our planet.

Iberoamerican Cities

This course examines the role of the city as a constructed, cultural and socio-economic environment in Latin America. By studying the history of urban development in the region, students have the opportunity of exploring the Latin American city in the context of its different stages and transformations: the pre-Columbian city, the colonial city, the modern-industrial city, the post-industrial/neoliberal city, as well as other urban tendencies such as edge and border cities.

Energy Policy

This course cuts through myths that are pervasive in the media, in public opinion, and in statements by politicians. It will provide students with a theoretical basis from which to assess energy policy options, an understanding of how global energy markets work, and an overview of domestic and international energy policy. The course seeks to build group project skills, and students will produce a policy analysis of policy options related to an energy policy problem.

Environmental Policy and Politics

The course will focus on what constitutes effective environmental policy. First, we will analyze the evolution of environmental policy and actors in the environmental arena. Then, we will analyze why environmental policies are needed, discussing the issues of negative externalities and public goods. After that, we will discuss environmental policy instruments for addressing environmental issues at the local, regional, and global levels.

Crossing Borders

In the class, the students will learn about social issues in Germany such as different schools, groups, organizations and political parties as well as political views of groups from different socio-economic backgrounds.

French Cinema I: Learning and Environmental Issues in Francophone Documentaries and Fictions

This class will focus on twelve films (mostly documentaries and mostly in French) dealing with learning, sustainability and their interconnection at the local level of communities and at the global level. It will engage students in thinking, writing, and speaking (all in French) about current social and ecological issues through personal critical essays on the films studied, short readings, discussions, presentations and a final essay to be written in class.

Urban Forest

Students work with the non-profit organization, Trees Atlanta, as well as multiple neighborhoods in Atlanta to investigate the various effects of tree canopy on the well-being of residents. (There are two sections to this course, HP for Honors Program students only, and SLS, which is open to all non-Honors Program students) 

Technology and Poverty: ICTs and International Development

My course encourages students to think about how they might design technologies with a focus on global development, paying special attention to the needs of underserved, under-resourced, and under-represented communities across the world. 

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